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  •  Good idea. But Dallas Morning News owned by right (1+ / 0-)
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    wingers who actually cleared the editorial board of all even slightly out of step (and highly qualified) editors a few years ago.  

    They had a foreign news editor who had worked years in many other countries and had contacts everywhere.  He didn't see the Iraq war the same way they did.  Other editors with experience fighting in Vietnam were likewise canned.  Excuse was cost-cutting, but no executives were cut and pretty much full replacement board was hired. All of them literally toe the line of the ownership.

    One of the most shocking events was after Katrina and New Orleans.  The old Dallas editors wrote a column saying that Dallas should forgo the money for their fancy new Calatrava bridge and donate to the reconstruction of New Orleans which was more important.

    The Winger Owners had a hissy fit you could hear all over town.  The next day, the editorial board published a column retracting their own editorial at the owners' orders.  Massive loss of face for the few decent editors there were and obvious disdain for suffering by the assholes of Belo.

    The Belo Corp owns various media outlets around the country and own AM, FM, TV and Newspapers in Dallas.  Most places that's against the law, but existence of other TV stations and radio stations and pressure from TX senators gets them by...

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:19:24 PM PDT

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    •  Alternative weekly? We've had more than one story (1+ / 0-)
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      hit general public after publication in our Alternative (of course the mainstream media seldom credits.)

      "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

      by Mayfly on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:48:29 PM PDT

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      •  YucatanMan, shd have added that I'm chilled by the (1+ / 0-)
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        info re Dallas Morning News.

        "...it's difficult to imagine what else Republicans can do to drive women away in 2012, unless they decide to bring back witch-hanging. And I wouldn't put it past them." James Wolcott

        by Mayfly on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:50:55 PM PDT

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        •  That's the entire problem with corporate media (0+ / 0-)

          today -- they print the news from the perspective of the ownership.  Both the ownership of the media itself and the ownership class, being the same thing.

          Dallas is a blue county. The county has a Lesbian, Latino Sheriff, for crying out loud.

          Yet the executives and owners of Belo Corp are ultra-right conservatives.  They do not care that the vast majority of their readership rejects their politics. Instead, they demand the editors and reporters present everything from the conservative point of view.  

          Over and over, they endorse conservative candidates for public office, even though their very own subscribers are primarily Democrats.  Consequently, many former subscribers like me have cancelled their subscriptions. We aren't going to use our money to further that ugly cause.

          And they cannot figure out why their numbers are dropping.  Like a rock. They are that disconnected from reality.

          In addition, they are innately dishonest.  The DMN was caught inflating subscriber numbers a few years ago, thus over-charging all advertisers.  No executives lost their jobs. Only a couple subscription managers were fired.  They always taken it out on their employees, while they are "perfect."  

          Being a newspaper publisher, editor or reporter used to be a proud tradition.  These days, they are mostly corporate hacks, being paid to produce the output the owners want, regardless of reality or the truth.

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:40:08 PM PDT

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